I certainly think foriegn interference in Egypt would be a nightmare, and very unlikely. My post was realy about a matter of concience. Could we stand by and watch the Egyptian Museum pillaged and destroyed, or various sites destroyed. I don't think the pyramids are in real danger, but it would be a very easy task with a few big dozers to destroy Karnak for instance. Could we stand aside IF this happened, I don't know.
LOL Sadly we've already done so. At the very onset of the riots that would lead to Mubarak's ouster, you'll recall how an inside job led to the looting of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Not a hell of a lot was taken, but there was looting. That was only one place in Egypt. Up and down the Nile Valley in the ensuing weeks, many warehouses and magazines in which archaeological artifacts were being stored, were looted and heavily damaged. Central authority disappeared from many areas and the military itself took a step back as though to see what would happen next—which led to widespread looting of ancient necropoli by local villagers.
Several years back, a very rare Dynasty 19 tomb was found in the Delta. Looters entered it and, finding nothing really to steal, proceeded to decimate the relief carvings on the tomb walls.
The short of it is, the situation in Egypt in those days was actually worse than the worldwide media was letting on. It was pretty awful. The protestors were not to blame; they had every right to toss out the despot Mubarak. However, in the course of peaceful protests, sub-human vermin was oozing out of the cracks everywhere to take advantage of political unrest for personal profit. Looting was wide-scale.
Obviously nothing was done to stop this. Legally, nothing could be done. The Egyptians themselves would've had to appeal to the UN for military intervention, and it did not happen. It hasn't happened at any point since then, so no one is about to send in their military. Now I think it's obvious how much of an Egyptophile I am, and how much I love to research ancient Egypt, but even I would have to admit that governments are not going to favor ancient monuments over human life. Thank goodness it has settled down a lot, but it's considerably unlikely that any foreign government would intervene for the sake of the Great Pyramid.
Look what the cave-dwelling, dimwitted Taliban did to those Buddhist monuments in Afghanistan. As awful and regrettable as that was, no one could do anything about it.